History and Influence of Bluegrass (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Amodeo

History and Influence of Bluegrass

Nick discusses the history of bluegrass and the influence it has had on other styles of music.

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 27:44Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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adamgeeadamgee replied on February 24th, 2016

Yes, very informative lesson Nick, thanks!

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on February 8th, 2015

http://bluegrasstoday.com/marcus-mumford-with-the-mccourys/

arealcosmosarealcosmos replied on December 25th, 2014

Lovin' the history and influence of the BlueGrass. And more Bill Monroe, please.

carlosmacmartincarlosmacmartin replied on September 12th, 2012

Always good to review past material.Always a process of re-discovery for me!

jumpfeetfirstjumpfeetfirst replied on June 24th, 2012

Nick, enjoyed this lesson alot.. I'm always looking for more information like this.. any books you could recommend?

carlosmacmartincarlosmacmartin replied on May 24th, 2011

Oh Brother Where Art Thou!!! Loved the movie and was one of the reasons I took a closer look at Bluegrass.

slackeyslackey replied on March 6th, 2011

Dude, Bill Monore? Bluegrass was invented by that well respected and often overlooked composer, Anne Onymous. Soldier's Joy.

alien_xalien_x replied on February 26th, 2011

Well I might be mistaken, but I actually never heard about Chuck Berry citing Bill Monroe as 'father' of his style. Lots of sources actually indicate that Chuck gives credit to T-Bone Walker (Aaron Thibadeaux) as his main influence. I'm sure Bill Monroe was a great musician that many people looked up to. But in this case: honor to whom honor is due. For Chuck Berry T-Bone Walker was the man.

gotatelegotatele replied on February 24th, 2011

well if ya ask me, and ya didnt, lol, regarding the beatles, i always thought I've Just seen a Face is almost purely a bluegrass inspired song. Heck when i play it, it is a bluegrass song. Cant wait for yer first lesson.

stratmusicstratmusic replied on February 24th, 2011

This lesson was very interesting! Good stuff!

joe1950joe1950 replied on February 23rd, 2011

Very informative, Nick. Bet you were a High School teacher in another life.

apodestaapodesta replied on February 23rd, 2011

Interesting to hear about the origins of Bluegrass. Great lesson and I look forward to going through the series. Anthony.

Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

A sub-genre of country music which blends improvising with folk-like melodies. Pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1930s in the "bluegrass" state. Nick will present flatpick techniques.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Nick Amodeo introduces the Bluegrass Series and explains what to expect in the following lessons.

Length: 2:27 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

History and Influence of Bluegrass

Nick discusses the history of bluegrass and the influence it has had on other styles of music.

Length: 27:44 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Bluegrass Instruments and Influence

Nick explains the musical role that each instrument plays in a bluegrass band.

Length: 17:01 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Bluegrass Chords

Nick explains how to play some of the most commonly used chords in the bluegrass genre.

Length: 19:42 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 5

Right Hand Techniques

Welcome to a right hand "boot camp" with Nick Amodeo! In this lesson, Nick demonstrates several picking and strumming exercises that will whip your right hand into shape.

Length: 24:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Right Hand Boot Camp

Nick Amodeo continues his discussion of picking technique in this installment of right hand "boot camp."

Length: 24:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Crosspicking Techniques

Nick presents several exercises that develop string skipping and crosspicking technique.

Length: 23:35 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Common Bluegrass Scale Exercise

Nick covers some exercises and scales that develop left hand technique.

Length: 33:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Bluegrass Ornaments

Nick explains how to play various slurs such as slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Also included are some common bluegrass licks that utilize these techniques.

Length: 30:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Bluegrass Right Hand Rhythm

Nick covers some basic bluegrass strumming patterns.

Length: 12:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Left Hand Boot Camp

Nick covers some of the most commonly used scale patterns in bluegrass.

Length: 31:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Nine Pound Hammer

Nick applies fundamental guitar techniques from previous lessons to the song "Nine Pound Hammer."

Length: 31:39 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Texas Gales

Nick demonstrates his interpretation of "Texas Gales." You might say this one will blow you away!

Length: 38:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Cross Picking: Home Sweet Home

Nick teaches the song "Home Sweet Home" and uses it to demonstrate cross picking techniques. Nick also covers the chords, and a chord with melody version to correspond with a picked version he has created.

Length: 57:24 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only

About Nick Amodeo View Full Biography Nick Amodeo is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Denver, Colorado. A self taught musician, he took up guitar at age 12 before moving on to mandolin and electric bass. He is the 2005 Colorado state mandolin champion, and was featured on the 2007 Downbeat magazine Blues Album of the Year, Otis Taylor’s “Definition of a Circle.”

Nick has shared the stage with such artists as Buddy Guy, Chuck Campbell, Mollie O’Brien, Nick Forster and Pete Wernick of Hot Rize, and many others. Nick currently is the mandolin department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and has over 10 years teaching experience.

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